Will this desert community survive its water overdraft problem?

Borrego Springs, California, was founded on the promise of endless water. Now they must conserve — or else.


 


The desert community of Borrego Springs, California, was established many decades ago on the assumption that its underground aquifer would never run dry. The town has been overdrafting for decades, and has no other sources to tap. Now, local stakeholders are coming to terms with their water problem and have vowed to stop overdrafting within 20 years. In this video, get an inside look at how locals are responding.

For more videos in this series, see Worth of Water